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Thousands participate in 38th Annual Crescent City Classic

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Over 42,000 people pounded the pavement Saturday morning, taking part in the 38th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic. It's an Easter weekend tradition many in New Orleans say, they can't live without.

Bright and early at 8 a.m., thousands embarked on a six-mile trek, through downtown, the French Quarter and then on to City Park.

Some walked, others pushed themselves and each other, engaging in a little friendly competition.

Mary Catalanotto says of her husband, “I felt bad for him so I stayed with him for the pace then he beat me at the end.”

Brent Catalanotto adds, “I drafted her until the end then I came around, she didn’t even know it, it was great.”

Crossing the finish line, made a little easier.

“It was an all-star cast of people cheering for everyone,” George Melichar said.

A sight to see, all the runners decked out in crazy costumes.

Tara Knight added a tutu to her running gear, explaining, “Long in the back and nothing in the front so it’s super easy to move.”

Many Saturday, captured memories thanks to the FOX 8 team, taking pictures with runners after the race.

For Terry Crapazano, this run is especially meaningful.

“On St. Patrick’s Day, a week ago Thursday, they found I had 80 percent blockage in the widow maker, they put one stent in,” Crapazano explained.  

Less than two weeks later, this run for Crapazano, means a new lease on life.

He says, “I thank God to be alive.”

The post-race party, a true celebration of health and happiness!

“We put on the best after party in the United States,” Race Director Eric Stuart said.

As race organizers close the books on yet another successful year, with runners from 19 different countries and all 50 states, this is an event they say, will continue to grow, and showcase the best New Orleans has to offer.

The top male finisher Saturday is John Muritu of Kenya who finished the race in 28 minutes. The female winner is Buze Diribia of Ethiopia, who finished just shy of 32 minutes.

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